Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Hillary Rain!
Hillary, take it away!
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
My writing, mentorship and creative programs focus on self-transformation and helping creative, spiritual women realize that changing the world begins within. When we start with ourselves, our true work and the healing of the world becomes the natural overflow of our hearts.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
Not allowing myself to become overwhelmed by all the pain in the world. I love being part of a global family, but one challenge with instant world-wide connection is that we are not emotionally or physically equipped to handle a constant, 24/7 influx of tragedy, injustice, abuse, and heartache.
What inspires you to keep going?
Knowing that I can make a difference using my gifts, and that my work is meaningful, even when it feels “too small” in the face of global crises.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
I have a profound love for beauty, and feed myself nourishment through exquisite poetry, moving photography, and luscious daily rituals like wrapping myself in a soft, cozy blanket and burning incense while listening to Tibetan singing bowls. This sounds very simple, but it helps keep me connected to my soul.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
I am blessed to have a deeply fulfilling and loving marriage. My husband supports me in ways I can’t even believe are real, but they are. And I have a small, very intimate circle of kindreds who I feel completely safe with, and who I know love me, no matter what. This makes all the difference in the world.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
Fill your own well first. It’s not sustainable to give and work from a state of physical or emotional depletion. When you are able to give from your overflow, you can show up with even more wisdom, clarity, depth, and strength which makes a true, meaningful impact on those you are meant to serve.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
The more compassionate world and future I imagine is one where we love our neighbors as ourselves, receiving the rich gifts of diversity and wisdom that is held in all of us. It’s so simple and so beautiful. And it starts right here. This means offering kindness and respect even (and especially) around our differences, and cultivating humility & grace. I like to say, “Be the grace you want to see in the world,” and I pray that this is true of me.
Hillary Rain is a writer, artist and spiritual mentor for women who long to create meaningful, empowered lives. Through rich and revolutionary online programs, nourishing retreats and holistic life coaching, she guides women into sustainability and soul so they can make a difference in the world doing what they love.
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